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British Columbia (B.C.)/Ottawa, May 22 (Canadian-Media): The B.C. government has filed a statement of claim in Alberta's Court of Queen's Bench over legislation that allows Alberta to restrict oil and gas shipments to B.C., media reports said.
The legislation was passed last week in response to B.C.'s continued opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
Trans Mountain pipeline: Image credit: Twitter handle
The statement of claim seeks a declaration that the Preserving Canada's Economic Prosperity Act -- which reportedly gives the province the ability to restrict the export of crude oil, natural gas and refined fuels, if necessary -- is unconstitutional and can't be used.
A significant amount of gas and diesel consumed in the province comes from Alberta, argued the B.C. government argues in the statement of claim.
"A significant disruption in the supply of gasoline, diesel, and crude oil from Alberta to British Columbia would cause British Columbia irreparable harm," the statement of claim says.
The legal action comes a day after Alberta Premier Rachel Notley pulled out of meetings between the western premiers in Yellowknife.
On Twitter, Notley said had said: